SS122 Negotiating Identity: Irish Traditional Music and Dance

Musical expression allows individuals and communities to negotiate identities and declare boundaries. The complex relationship between Irish traditional music and a national/ethnic identity is one of the main areas which will be examined in this course. Irish immigrant communities used traditional music as a means of maintaining ethnic identity. Because of the particular strategies that were employed, Irish traditional music also served, on occasion, as a means of assimilation.  Particular social, geographical and political circumstances also meant that Irish communities in Britain differed significantly from their counterparts in the U.S. Parallel negotiations of identity took place on Irish soil, which were very often bound up with the aspiration towards a national ideal. This course will offer the opportunity to explore such issues through readings, discussions and seminars.



Director, Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, M.A., Ph.D

Méabh Ní Fhuartháin is currently University Fellow (Teaching and Research) in Irish Studies at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. Méabh has published widely in Irish music and is also Popular Music subject editor of the landmark Encyclopedia of music in Ireland (forthcoming UCD Press, 2013). A former IRCHSS doctoral fellow, she is co-editor of Ordinary Irish Life: Music, Sport and Culture (IAP, 2013) and consultant editor on Barry Taylor’s Music in a Breeze of Wind: Traditional Dance Music of West Clare 1870 - 1970 (OaC Press, 2013).  Her research interests include emigration and Irish music; popular music in Ireland; performance studies and Irish music practice; and cultural revivalism.



Verena Commins, M.A.

Verena has an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick. She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway and teaches on the BA with Irish Studies and the Imagining Modern Ireland series. Her research interests include an appraisal of new contexts for the performance, transmission and commemoration of Irish traditional music in Ireland and beyond.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees:
€2,010 (Euro)

€1,160 (Family Guesthouse - sharing)
- with Irish breakfast 
- €150 single supplement

€850 (Student Residences)
- without breakfast
- single occupancy

Further Information

For further information applicants should contact:

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